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St Johns Bible... a modern calligraphic masterpiece

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

How do you fancy writing out the bible when you have a bit of spare time? Oh, & not in scrawly handwriting.... it needs to be in your bestest calligraphy to match the style that everyone else is using! It's the idea that Donald Jackson had for years before it was taken up by St Johns Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota & the Hill Monastic Library. There are 7 two foot tall volumes made of vellum, over a thousand double page spreads & 160 illuminations....



OMG is an often over used phrase, I think, in this era of text speak. But watch this video & you will be OMG-ing more than once! It doesn't matter whether you are Christian, Pagan, Atheist or anything else, this rendition of St Johns Bible is a take-your-breath away masterpiece.


There are so many Youtube videos about Donald Jackson & the making of this manuscript if you want to see more. It's really interesting to see what the individual scribes on the team have to say, and Sue Hufton makes the point about how much of a team effort the whole thing was... and there was a whole team of calligraphers, illuminators, studio staff and so on for this project, that took nearly 13 years, not including preliminary discussions!




There is a The St John's Bible site and also a St Johns online exhibition but it would be wonderful to see even a printed copy... like the people in Austin library in the 1st video, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to resist touching!


Here's the full run-down of who was involved http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saint_John's_Bible

2 comments:

Caterina Giglio 9 January 2014 at 20:47  

no video... lovely... but OMG is appropriate I would say!!

Suzi Smith 9 January 2014 at 21:48  

is the video not showing/loading/playing cat? just checked on 2 different browsers & It seems ok from here :-§

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